GSA Technology Council

BarberWind Turbines Receives SCRA Technology Venture Investment

BarberWind TurbinesSCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch program today announced its $200,000 investment in Greenville-based BarberWind Turbines. The company was accepted into the program in June, receiving mentoring and support services as a client company. This investment now makes the company an SC Launch Portfolio Company. BarberWind Turbines is a groundbreaking wind technology company that designs, manufactures, constructs and maintains wind energy assets. The company’s wind turbine, which will be manufactured in Upstate South Carolina, is highly efficient and among the most cost-effective wind technologies on the market. One 800 kW wind turbine offsets carbon pollution equivalent to taking 700 cars off the road. The entire turbine ships from the manufacturer in five 40 foot containers and does not require a heavy lift crane for assembly or maintenance, allowing the turbine to be used in remote, high-wind locations like the Caribbean and Central America.

“We congratulate BarberWind Turbines on this investment funding,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “SCRA’s SC Launch program continues to invest in technology-based companies that are helping to further South Carolina’s Knowledge Economy, and we look forward to a successful partnership with the BarberWind team.”

via SCRA

Greenville Java Users Group Hosts Intellectual Property Discussion with Wyche Lawyers Group November 13

The Greenville SC Java Users Group dives deep into the intellectual property debate with two attorneys at the heart of patent troll protection. Wallace K. Lightsey and Terrell Mills are IP lawyers with the Wyche Lawyers group. They will discuss the differences between the various areas of “IP” law, then take questions on topics of interest to the audience.

Food and drinks will be provided. Show up any time after 6PM to socialize before the meeting.

Get tickets at: Intellectual Property Basics

GSATC Presents, “Get Your First 30 Seconds Right” November 19

GET YOUR FIRST 30 SECONDS RIGHT
Tell your story in 30 seconds (and leave them wanting more).
GSATC Learning Lunch Workshop
with working lunch leaders: Russ Davis and Phil Yanov

You may be interviewing for a job, find yourself networking at a cocktail party or simply bump into John Warner in an elevator. Regardless of the circumstance, you are going to find yourself in the position of wanting to convince someone that you are worthy of their attention and interest. You may never get a second chance to make a great impression. Will you be ready?

“Few people can truly sell themselves” says Myles Golden of Golden Career Strategies. “if they don’t prepare for that critical moment, they may miss out on a great opportunity.”

At the November GSATC learning Lunch, Russ Davis and Phil Yanov are going to give you the form, structure and opportunity to practice out loud your 30 second “about me” pitch. You will learn in a setting that gets you comfortable with the format and teaches you the power of a great personal story. You’ll learn how to avoid the most common mistakes that turn others off. You will learn how to include strong questions that get other people interested in your work, business, product or you!

Don’t forget that you can learn how to craft your pitch at lunch, practice it in the afternoon and then join us for real live networking at Tech After Five that evening. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend an afternoon getting great at telling your story!

 Agenda  
11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Workshop
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn


This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.
 


 Our Working Lunch Leaders

Russ Davis

RUSS DAVIS
Russ Davis is an expert on sales results and runs the Sandler Sales Institute® office in Greenville. He has many years of business management and development experience, prior to opening the Greenville offive, he spent seven years associated with the Sandler Sales Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to that he founded an environmental firm in Pennsylvania which was sold to Waste Management Inc. in 1997. He has a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Phil Yanov

PHIL YANOV
Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator. He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council. His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal. He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina. He is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television and was recently named among Greenville South Carolina’s fifty most influential people.

 

Clemson University Student Tech Startup for Blood Sugar Testing Goes Global

Clemson UniversityWhat started as a Clemson University research project is turning into a global business that could supply diabetics with the low-cost testing equipment they need to manage their blood sugar.

The product, GlucoSense, is aimed at helping diabetics in developing countries and other “resource-poor settings” do the daily testing that can help them prevent potentially fatal complications.

The student-led GlucoSense team has started a company, Accessible Diagnostics, with doctoral student Kayla Gainey serving as chief technology officer.

Greenville businessmen John Warner and Brian McSharry are also co-founders and are serving as executive leadership during the start-up phase. The company has a commitment of $500,000 in private investment from Concepts to Companies, also run by Warner and McSharry.

Delphine Dean, who is also a co-founder, is the company’s technology adviser and Clemson’s Gregg-Graniteville Associate Professor of Bioengineering.

With four awards to its credit, GlucoSense is launching with wind in its sails.

“Most of the research is done,” Gainey said. “We still need to do some final design changes to get to our final product. We’re hoping by the end of the next year that it could be ready to sell.”

Accessible Diagnostics is working with Clemson University Research Foundation to license intellectual property related to the product.

GlucoSense works much the same as glucometers and test strips that can be bought in any pharmacy. Diabetics prick their finger, dab blood on a strip and then insert it into the glucometer to test their blood sugar.

A key difference is that GlucoSense is made from readily available parts that can be found in any U.S. electronics store or bought in bulk and shipped to remote parts of the world.

The product helps overcome one of the biggest challenges in providing medical equipment to the developing world. Unreliable shipping routes make it difficult and time-consuming to deliver the equipment.

If a product has an expiration date, as test strips do, the clock is ticking.

“What we’ve done is come up with an easy manufacturing practice,” Dean said. “We ship the manufacturing materials and then the customer makes them on-site.”

The test strips are printed for about five cents each by rigging a conventional ink-jet printer to shoot enzymes instead of ink.

The potential cost savings is huge. Commercially available test strips sell for as much as $1 each, and many diabetics need to use five or more a day.

Testing helps maintain blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is too high, diabetics need to take insulin. They need to eat when blood sugar is too low.

Failing to maintain blood sugar levels can lead to complications, including kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, neuropathy, ketoacidosis and gastroparesis.

Martine LaBerge, chair of the bioengineering department, said the private investment and multiple awards show that GlucoSense is more than a common research project.

“There is clearly a need for GlucoSense,” she said. “I congratulate past and present team members who have brought the project this far. They have all been part of something special and should be proud of themselves. GlucoSense has a bright future. With Kayla in the lead, it will surely go far.”

The team was mentored by Dean and John DesJardins, an associate professor of bioengineering, and financially supported by Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program. Several students have worked on the project, including Tyler Ovington and Alex Devon, who graduated in May and are both from Greenville.

Read the rest at Clemson University News

Greenville Pillow Tech Startup Earns Double on Kickstarter Goal

FohmWith 336 backers and $42,141 pledged on Kickstarter, Greenville startup, Fohm, earned nearly double of it’s original goal of $23,000 to produce the most advanced cooling pillow in existence.

Memory foam technology is stepped up with Fohm’s ThermaPhase cooling component. Unlike other cooling pillows on the market, the Fohm pillow reduces heat and wicks it away from the body during sleep – the result is an even body temperature of 88 degrees.

“Memory foam pillows offer so many great benefits, but their tendency to trap heat during sleep is a major problem,” said Nick Ondrako, Fohm Co-Founder. “We solved this problem by using a new cooling technology called ThermaPhase which provides superior heat distribution.”

The pillows will be offered in a variety of shapes and will be encased in a phase change fabric for an additional layer of cooling comfort.

Creator of the next generation memory foam pillow, Fohm launched on Kickstarter on October 1st and ended on October 31st.

via Fohm

Help Wanted: Account Manager

Help Wanted

Account Manager
TSAChoice is actively seeking an audio/visual, low voltage and security account manager for the upstate SC area.
 

Preview more open positions on the GSATC jobs board. We encourage you to share it with anyone who may be in the hunt. If you are looking for work, feel free to let us know what you need on our LinkedIn group!

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New Job Posting! Senior Web Developer

Help Wanted

Sr. Web Developer
Upward Sports is looking for an experienced developer to serve as a senior member of their Web Development Team.
 

Preview more open positions on the GSATC jobs board. We encourage you to share it with anyone who may be in the hunt. If you are looking for work, feel free to let us know what you need on our LinkedIn group!

Looking to hire? Post your openings to our job board.

M33 Hires VP of LTL Procurement Jeremy Strasser

M33M33 Integrated, a lead logistics provider of technology, tools and intelligence that work to reduce costs and automate logistics, announced today that Jeremy Strasser is joining M33 as the new Vice President of Less-than-Truckload (LTL) Procurement. Previously, Jeremy was in charge of procurement solutions for 3PLogic, a company owned by Transportation Solutions Group.

“Jeremy brings a wealth of leadership, experience and energy to M33,” noted Sammy Riddle, Senior Partner at M33. “With Jeremy and other recent hires, we can build on the company’s existing strengths and develop new strategies with fresh ideas and perspectives that will ensure future sustainability and growth. This is an exciting time to be at M33.”

Jeremy has a solid background in LTL and Procurement, and has been awarded top leadership positions over the years. Prior to his position as VP of Supply Chain Solutions, Jeremy excelled as the Director of LTL Services, also with Transportation Solutions Group, where he was responsible for developing a competitive LTL offering to current and prospective customers. His proven track record and honed skills are a perfect marriage for the developing strengths of M33.

M33 Integrated provides a strategic network of global partners and sophisticated technology tools to optimize global supply chain management. With one of the only live support teams in the industry and a proprietary transportation technology platform, M33 provides unmatched logistics solutions. M33’s capacity program, mCapTM, maximizes truckload and backhaul opportunities while closely tracking and predicting market rate fluctuations. Utilizing an innovative co-management approach that seamlessly integrates with a shipper’s supply chain, M33 enables its customers to focus on core competencies and revenue growth.

via M33 Integrated

M33 Hires SVP of Operations Jeff Hoban

M33M33 Integrated, a leader in logistics technology and co-management, announced today that Jeff Hoban would be joining the team as the new Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining M33, Jeff held the position of Vice President of Operations at CRST Logistics, a $200 million 3PL operation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the talent we have been able to secure by bringing on Jeff,” remarked Scott Riddle, Senior Partner at M33. “Jeff has a 30-year track record of driving growth and profitability through operational excellence. His skill sets are exactly what we need to not only meet, but exceed our customers challenging supply chain demands.”

Jeff’s extensive career has spanned across varying degrees of the industry: transportation, distribution, supply chain and logistics. He has worked in leadership positions for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, HJ Heinz, Campbell Soup Company and Kraft General Foods, to name a few. In his new role with M33, Jeff will directly oversee all procurement and brokerage operations as M33 continues to develop, grow and adapt their offerings to current and future clients.

M33 Integrated provides a strategic network of global partners and sophisticated technology tools to optimize global supply chain management. With one of the only live support teams in the industry and a proprietary transportation technology platform, M33 provides unmatched logistics solutions. M33’s capacity program, mCapTM, maximizes truckload and backhaul opportunities while closely tracking and predicting market rate fluctuations. Utilizing an innovative co-management approach that seamlessly integrates with a shipper’s supply chain, M33 enables its customers to focus on core competencies and revenue growth.

via M33 Integrated

F3 Engineering to Establish North American Headquarters in Spartanburg County

$3.9 million investment will result in the creation of an expected 53 new jobs

F3 EngineeringA provider of technology, products and services in military and commercial mission-critical applications will locate its North American headquarters and manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County. F3 Engineering is investing $3.9 million over three years, resulting in an expected 53 new jobs.

Founded in 1999 in New Jersey, F3 Engineering prides itself in providing customers with mission-critical technology. Through the use of resources and expertise to prototype and manufacture complex products, the company brings technical, administrative and managerial resources together to provide a total program of complex engineering and contract manufacturing solutions.

The establishment of a North American headquarters in Spartanburg County provides F3 Engineering with an opportunity to continue growing the company. Although many locations were considered for this facility, the F3 Engineering selection team concluded that Spartanburg was the right choice, offering a convenient location, excellent climate and good quality of life. Furthermore, the 25,000 square-foot facility, located at 350 Seminole Drive in Spartanburg, is positioned in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). The management team believes that the company’s experience and capabilities, coupled with the highest quality assurance standards and the HUBZone designation, will allow for many new business opportunities in this facility.

via F3 Engineering